February 2013
Bike Of The Month


1977 Suzuki GS550

Owner: Don Clifton

ID #13

A Note From The Owner...

I bought my 1977 GS550B in 2007. It had a few engine problems so I pulled it down, split crankcases, etc. and installed a 650 top end on it with a 1mm overbore which made it just under 700cc. It produces approx. 80hp. It also has dual Honda Fireblade front discs and Kawasaki twin piston calipers and a Kawasaki ZX10 front master cylinder with S/S braided brake lines. It has progressive front springs fitted. It also has a Dyna S ignition in place of the points and condensers. The bike has been completely rewired, and has a GS650 RH switch and Yamaha XJ650 LH switch. It has GS650 BS CV32SS carbs adapted to a GS550 air box and air cleaner.

I have only done about 2,000 miles since rebuild, and it is a fantastic bike to ride, it handles really well with lots of power and a joy to ride on all types of roads. I prefer the back roads with plenty of curves and twisties best.

Thanks to everyone on the GSR that has assisted with advice and also the tutorials provided.


Don Clifton
AKA Suzuki_Don